... an urban operating system developed by Living Plan IT will provide a platform to connect local services with the borough's citizens and businesses.
Partners in the scheme include Greenwich Council and such tech giants as Hitachi and Phillips. Their aim is to develop the Greenwich peninsula as a testbed for new technologies running on the Living Plan system, connecting key services such as water, transport, and energy.
According to David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, a signatory to the partnership: "The development of smart cities in future is a crucial commercial opportunity for Britain, and London is the right place to be doing it. London was the largest city in the world by the end of the 18th Century [and] Britain has more historical experience than most of being urbanised."
Says Living Plan IT chief executive Steve Lewis: "We are entering a phase when everything becomes connected, from healthcare to transportation. This is about connecting things that previously never did."
Urban OS allegedly differs from traditional operating systems in that it is designed to be extremely robust. "If my email is down for ten minutes, it doesn't matter, but if the network is linked to my insulin pump, then that is different," Lewis observes.
In one newly built office block, Living Plan IT plans to implant thousands of sensors that will monitor external and internal conditions to create smart lighting and heating systems. It also plans to test smart lamp posts on the roads.
"They [the lamps] will be talking to each other, producing their own energy, raising lighting levels when cars are coming, and monitoring the movement of traffic," said Mr Lewis.
Other technologies to be tested with the OS include smart vests that have microsensors embedded in them to monitor heart rate and other vital signs.
The idea of smart cities has become the latest hot topic in the tech industry. By 2050 it is estimated that 70% of the world's population will live in cities.
Living Plan IT estimates that £13tn will be spent in developing and regenerating urban spaces between now and 2020.
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